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Gender: M Origin of Lester: English place-name; phonetic form of Leicester

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Lester is one of the British surname names that were popular in the US in the early decades of the twentieth century: it was in the Top 100 through 1931, reaching a high of Number 52 in 1906. But dropping of the list in the late 1990s, along with Hester and Sylvester, we don't see much hope for a return visit.

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Famous People Named Lester

Lester Holt, American news reporter
Lester Bowles "Mike" Pearson, former Canadian Prime Minister
Lester Keith Piggott, English jockey
Lester Willis Young, American jazz saxophonist
Lester del Rey (born Leonard Knapp), American science fiction novelist and editor
Lester Bowie, American jazz trumpeter
Leslie Conway "Lester" Bangs, American rock music journalist
(Curtis) Lester "Les, The Silver Fox" Patrick, Canadian ice hockey player
Lester Garfield Maddox, Sr., American politician, governor of Georgia
Lester B. Pearson, winner of the Nobel Prize for Peace
Philip "Phil" Michael Lester, English radio presenter and Internet personality

Pop Culture References for the Name Lester

Lester Burnham, main character of the film American Beauty
Lester "Worm" Murphy, from the movie "Rounders"
Lester Nygaard, character from the television show "Fargo"

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